We are all aware of the harsh and chaotic policies being perpetuated against those attempting to seek asylum in our country. Our UUCC Sanctuary Team continues to work to provide care and support for our local immigrant friends, and especially for the local asylum-seeking family, Edler and Yadira Umanzor and their two daughters. The conditions in the country from which they fled (Honduras) continue to worsen, and news from the border tells us that the number of people who are able to “cross” to begin their own asylum plea in this country has diminished dramatically in recent weeks.
Please continue to stay educated on these heart-wrenching conditions, and please take action. Continue to call and write your legislators on behalf of the vulnerable people who come here seeking lives free of violence.
One way to directly help asylum seekers like the Umanzors is, of course, financially. We are pleased to report that the UU Fellowship of Door County, Wis., after learning of our commitment to help sponsor this family, held two events to raise funds, and they were able to send more than $1,700 to the family. This is certainly a huge help – but it is only a portion of what is needed to sustain the Umanzor family as their legal case slowly moves forward.
Toward that end, on Sunday, Nov. 3 after the 11 a.m. service, the Sanctuary Team and Honduras Ministry co-sponsored a tamale lunch with delicious Honduran tamales and other delicacies cooked by Yadira. There was no set price – diners were asked to give as they were able. All donations will be split between the two ministries to help support the Umanzor family and to support the latrine-building service trip the Honduras Ministry team plans to take in late December and early January.
If you would like to learn more about the work of the Sanctuary Team, please email Rev. Dottie Mathews or Allie Gassman. In addition, our local Faith Voices Sanctuary Network/Immigrant Justice team is always looking for more volunteers, and both Dottie and Allie would be very glad to tell you about those opportunities to help as well.